Since October 2007 enthusiasts across the United Kingdom have basked in the raw power and agility of Avro Vulcan XH558... but all knew that its time back in the air was limited. Since then millions have thrilled at the sight and the sound of the incredible mighty delta and rallied to the call to help keep it flying. This year is XH558’s swansong, as it is finally retired and begins a new life as the focus of a heritage and educational centre.
As a tribute to the most challenging and complex return-to-flight project ever, FlyPast magazine presents a unique 84-page souvenir devoted to a much-loved icon: Vulcan XH558. Created with the assistance of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, with breath-taking photography and amazing archive images, the story of the world’s only civilian operated V-Bomber is revealed.
· XH558 was first Vulcan B.2 delivered to the RAF in July 1960; its career as ‘Cold War’ warrior then display favourite through to its service retirement is charted.
· The vision of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust and how the team overcame the awesome problems of finance, paperwork and engineering so that the Vulcan could fly as a civilian.
· Eight glorious seasons of airshow operation and the incredible ‘Vulcan Effect’.
· The Vulcan’s place in world and aviation history and the man who first flew the prototype.
· Vulcan units, markings and weaponry.
· What the future holds for XH558 ‑ the Spirit of Great Britain.
Britain's Last Jet Airliner The last jet airliner to be purely built in Britain, the remarkable BAE 146 has a special place in the hearts of many aviation enthusiasts. A total of 390 of the charismatic regional airliner were constructed, earning their keep hauling passengers on numerous routes around the world, plus the 146 saw service with the Queen's Flight, with the RAF and its most recent role as a water bomber in the USA.
Although Britain's last airliner is now nearing the end of its career, readers can relive its heyday in Key Publishing's new 116-page special perfect bound tribute to the type. Written by renowned commercial aviation journalist Stephen Skinner, BAE 146 charts the type's development, civil career, military service and gives an overview of the current fleet.
This is quality souvenir issue for any interested in civil aviation.
In this 80th anniversary year, the publishers of FlyPast magazine present a special 100-page tribute to Britain’s greatest fighter and possibly the best known combat aircraft in the world. Using extensive archive images, the best of aviation writers and researchers salute the Spitfire’s incredible heritage.
Renowned air-to-air photographer John Dibbs presents a stunning portfolio of present-day Spitfires in their element: from the day fighter Mk.I to the high-flying Mk.XIX and the wing-folding Seafires. All of this adds up to a superb souvenir of a world famous fighter.
In Their Element
From Mk.I to Mk.XIX and Seafires, renowned photographer John Dibbs has captured them all – air-to-air. Throughout this special publication, we present a portfolio of John’s tribute to Supermarine’s masterpiece.
Daniel Ford shows how the Supermarine racing floatplanes paved the way for the Spitfire.
Andrew Thomas outlines the exploits of the Rhodesian manned 266 Squadron.
AirForces Monthly is the world’s leading modern military aviation magazine featuring the world’s air forces, their conflicts, weaponry and exercises. Published monthly, it provides the best military aviation news coverage from around the globe and is essential reading for anyone seeking a well-informed view.
Stealth revolutionised the way air wars are fought. It was developed in the ‘deep black world’ where security passes, retina eye scanners and ID cards are a way of life for those who create, test and fly these classified aircraft in remote sites. Often the jets only break cover when their unique capabilities are required in combat or for a particular high-risk mission.
This 100-page special publication, from the team behind AirForces Monthly magazine, examines the operational missions of such types as the Lockheed Martin’s F-117, Northrop Grumman’s B-2 Spirit, and the next generation of ‘stealthy’ aircraft such as Lockheed Martin’s F-22A Raptor. All of these aircraft have been in combat – how effective were they? This unique ‘declassified’ reference guide provides full briefings on
the operational missions flown by these cutting-edge aircraft.
Stealth Fighter Combat Operations
Tom Kaminski provides an overview of combat operations for the world’s first stealth fighter, the F-117 Nighthawk.
Raptor Goes to War
Tim Ripley looks at the combat debut of the F-22A Raptor in the war against Daesh in Syria and Iraq.
Russian Stealth Technologies
Alexander Mladenov outlines the latest Russian stealth developments, including the much-debated fifth generation T-50 fighter programme.
The Spirit of Stealth
Tom Kaminski examines the continued service of Northrop Grumman’s B-2A Spirit – and the rolling upgrades helping to keep the aircraft at the top of its game.